Author Archives: Paul H Birch

RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

Chris Norman’s Crossover

40 years after launching his career with former band Smokie, Chris Norman returns with a brand new solo album: Covering a wide range of influences, genres and styles, Crossover will be released on September 18th through Solo Sound Records (and distributed by Absolute). “The title just seemed appropriate because of the variety of styles of the songs, which cross from ...

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Steve Hackett Rehearsal Videos

Intent on causing prog rock fans to drool incessantly or at the least shed a tear nostalgically, Steve Hackett has been releasing some short video clips of early rehearsals for his forthcoming Acolyte To Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour. The tour will feature songs from his latest top forty album Wolflight alongside solo classics to be featured on the Premonitions ...

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Better Late Than Never – Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty

Yes co-founder Jon Anderson and virtuoso violinist Jean Luc Ponty come together as the AndersonPonty Band to release Better Late Than Never through earMUSIC on 25th September. Featuring a live performance enhanced with studio production Better Late Than Never includes new compositions, rearrangements of Yes classics like ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’, ‘Roundabout’ and ‘Wonderous Stories’, as well as some ...

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Review: King King – Reaching For The Light

Should someone play you a number like ‘Crazy’ or ‘Stranger To Love’ from King King’s Reaching For The Light you might understandably mistake them for lost tracks recorded by Bad Company somewhere between the making of Burning Sky and Desolation Angels. They have that assured fire power and restrained testosterone quality that Rogers and co applied to win the blue ...

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Blackmore’s Night – All Our Yesterdays Video

In the wake of Blackmore’s Night forthcoming album All Our Yesterdays, the band has released a new video single, featuring the title track. The video single follows swiftly on from the previous ‘The Other Side’ lyric video previously featured at RAMzine. This time round the video features the band and followers of the man in black who is Ritchie Blackmore ...

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Review: Shatter Messiah – Hail The New Cross

Founded by two former members of Annihilator, drummer Robert Falzano and guitarist Curran Murphy (who also played in Nevermore), this is the third outing for the Akron, Ohio heavy metal band Shatter Messiah who on Hail The New Cross introduce new members Mike Duncan (POWND), additional guitarist Pat Gibson and bass player Jim Lewis. Produced by Curran, who’s apparently something ...

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Review: Assignment – Inside Of The Machine

Formed by guitarist Goran Panic, Assignment have released two albums previously; Inside Of The Machine (available on Mausoleum Records) offers around 70 minutes of what they refer to as “art metal” but, to a low-life like me, it’s progressive metal that tips its hat to the likes of Queensryche and Ayreon. The band line-up is comprised of keyboard player Gert Sprick, bass ...

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Review: Furyon – Lost Salvation

After a series of EPs and singles, Brighton’s Furyon are now on their third album, produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy) and it’s a corker of modern metal, shimmering guitar fills and vocals that one moment cry out in anguish, the next in euphoria. ‘All That I Have’ is epic, grand and monstrous from the outset. Its throbbing, pulsating rhythm ...

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A Mixed Episode… From The Secret VI

Not to be confused with the ‘60s cult comic published by DC, The Secret VI are a Southern California metal band whose Mixed Episode EP is released September 11th through Vanity Digital Music/Vanity Music Group. Comprising three tracks, ‘Plastic Smile’, ‘You’re All Bark’ and ‘Driven’, Mixed Episodes takes the band away from the death metal leanings of their 2012 demos ...

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This Oceanic Feeling reveal video for ‘Radio’

This Oceanic Feeling, the band formed by Chris Braide, Ash Soan and Lee Pomeroy, have released a video single for ‘Radio’ from their debut album Universal Mind, now available on Cherry Red Records. Seasoned musicians who’ve worked as diverse a range of artists as Rick Wakeman, Trevor Horn, ELO and Cher, there’s a prog meet big pop sound much in ...

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